The worlds of French fabulist Jean de la Fontaine and data protection are not so far apart…

As a law firm dedicated to digital and technological companies, we help our clients tackle their highly strategic data protection compliance issues on a continuous basis. We are passionate about data protection laws but managing client’s expectations and initiatives on this topic can be very challenging. What we learnt from our experience is that it is far more efficient to be a tortoise rather than a hare when it comes to implementing data protection principles within an organization.

The “hare and the tortoise”: what Jean de la Fontaine taught us

In France, the story of the race between the hare…


As a law firm dedicated to digital and technological companies, we are very familiar with the concept of scaling up a business: most of our clients are growing exponentially and we are assisting them in their scale-up phase. But, when it comes to our own business model (“lawyering”), we are not interested in scaling up. Indeed, one of our founding creeds is to do what does not scale. And in the current legal business landscape, it is not an obvious choice…

Our core value: advise & defend

Our business model is centered on a single end: serve, materialize and safeguard…


On a Monday morning, we received an email from a product manager at one of our most faithful clients, asking us a random question about a new functionality developed within their product. The email mentioned a dedicated app with a facial recognition system. The functionality was already live for several clients (thousands of users were concerned). The project had been developed without any legal advisor in the loop and our client did not anticipate any legal issue related to this new feature when developing the app.

From our client perspective, this was a mere technological tool designed to improve its…


In October 2019, I joined Parallel Avocats as a partner to launch the firm’s corporate & venture practice and participate in creating the quintessential law hub for digital and technological companies. Here is why I decided to jump on board of this unique law firm in the French tech industry.

A concrete market positioning

The current wave of digital revolution is not a transient trend or a bubble at the cusp of exploding but a palpable change in paradigm for all industries. A quick look at the list of the world’s largest companies (based on their market capitalization) reveals that…


Parallel Avocats is not an “IP/IT” firm as traditional technology boutique firms (or departments of big firms) like to define themselves. Similarly, we advise our clients on various issues, but we also assist them in the resolution of their disputes, be it with competitors or regulators. This is how the firm has been built from the very beginning and it is an ongoing challenge: this unique position is the result of a strategic thinking. We are not like the others, we commit along our clients to advise and defend their business in a fast changing and complex regulatory world. …


Creating a corporate culture in a law firm is often seen as a “nice to have” for lawyers, if not a ridiculous thing to think about. This was not the case for Parallel Avocats’ founding partners! Even though they were only 2 at the start, they took the time to discuss their vision, the values and elements they wanted the firm to rest upon. But as we’re growing and due to the peculiarities our industry, building a true corporate culture and making sure everyone on board subscribes to the firm’s values remains a daily challenge. …


The old continent has always been a fertile ground for decisive inventions, such as the printing press with Gutenberg or the first industrial revolution in England.

Yet, nowadays, Europe is far behind the US and China when it comes to creating tech giants. According to CB Insights, among 344 unicorns identified in January 2019, 177 are from the United States (51%), 137 from China (39%) and only around 33 from the European Union (9%).

Why is that?

Multiple factors may explain Europe’s delay. Here are the most relevant ones according to us.

First, the important fragmentation of the European market…


As lawyers in a constantly evolving sector, it is fondamental for us to challenge apparently “simple” notions

Everyone has heard of — if not used — the term “platform” (whether it is a “digital”, “sharing”, “collaborative” or “online” one)as well as the very popular French expression used to describe disruptive businesses: the “uberization” of the economy.

But what does this word really mean? Hard to say, since only a few make the definition effort before commenting on online platforms’ — either revolutionary or disastrous — social impact.

This semantic uncertainty is even more concerning when you think about the fact that a proper definition of a concept is the first step towards a smart regulation. …


A story of lawyers creating an online bi-annual journal on the digital economy

In May 2018, we launched THIRD, an online journal that aspires to be a place for reflection on the digital economy and the profound changes it causes in our societies.

We fully drafted the first (special) issue (n°0) of Third, which was dedicated to online platforms and their regulation — this is one of our core competences at Parallel Avocats. Issue n°1 focused on algorithms, with contributions from a politician, a French MP , scholars, and a fascinating interview of a chess champion. …


Digital businesses are quite popular among the public opinion but defending them before Courts is not an easy task. As it is often said, law is always late when it comes to apprehending innovation and jurisdictions are no exception to this rule. Disruptions caused by the digital revolution challenge the interpretation of legal concepts and it is often difficult for judges to apprehend the business model of tech companies.

At Parallel Avocats, our litigation experience highlights precisely these challenges.

Before explaining one of our client’s activity to judges, we first need to understand it for ourselves and to put it…

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Platforms, Innovation, Algorithms > law firm dedicated to digital businesses (www.parallel.law) > at the forefront of digital regulation (www.third.digital)

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